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Fall-off-the-bone delicious Instant Pot ribs in under an hour?! It’s possible! You don’t have to fire up your grill or smoker to enjoy a rack of succulent baby back ribs – and the results are just as amazing thanks to an easy sweet and smoky bourbon barbecue sauce.
Guys. I did a thing.
So, you know how all January I was a little quiet? Like here on the blog, on social media, blah blah. You probably didn’t notice, but believe me, I was totally less active than I would have been.
If I hadn’t been writing a book!!!
YES. Big announcement time! That secret project I hinted at on Instagram a few times last month was a freaking cookbook!!!
Come June, I’ll be a published author with a 125-recipe book full of electric pressure cooker recipes for two! Consider these Instant Pot ribs with bourbon barbecue sauce a sneak preview…because they’re definitely in there!
A little history: I’ve been wanting to publish a cookbook since writing my very first blog post back in 2014. My initial theme was cupcakes, though – so this Instant Pot book might seem a little out of left field, but I promise it’s completely fitting.
Abe and I have fallen hard for our IP and how convenient it has made those “what do we want for dinner?” nights. I’ve only shared a few of our successful recipes on the blog, but we’ve used it quite a bit over the last year, as you’ll see in the book.
The book covers everything from barbecue sauce to scampi to sticky toffee pudding, highlighting how quickly and easily cooking for two in record time is. I am so excited to see how the rest of it comes together now that the recipe development stage is complete…but I’m even more excited for you guys to have a copy in your hands!
Instant Pot Ribs with Bourbon Barbecue Sauce.
But enough about books! Today in #FoodBloggerWinterGames-land, I’m sharing a recipe from the land I was born in – the good ol’ USA. The origin of barbecue is relatively unknown, but ribs have been very popular in Asian cultures for quite a while. The concept of slow-cooked, cheap BBQ meat was established widely in America in the 19th century, and by the 1940s, Heinz had started their saucy empire and we were hooked.
Smoked ribs are one of the best flavors on the planet, hands down, and no grill or oven can produce the same result. Neither can an Instant Pot – but pressure cooker ribs are delicious in their own right, and are worth the tiny bit of effort you put into them in comparison, especially if you’re craving ribs at the last minute.
After 25 minutes in your IP and another 12-15 in your oven, those sticky-smoky-sweet baby backs will be tender and fall off the bone the same way as traditionally prepared ribs do. Feel free to use any sauce you want, too. All I did was take a store-bought bottle and add some whiskey to it, but your fave homemade bourbon barbecue sauce would be even more amazing!
So tell me – are you having Instant Pot ribs for dinner tonight?!
Today’s recipe selection sounds pretty mouthwatering! I’m especially digging Whitney’s cabbage rolls!
China – Cashew Chicken
Thailand – Thai Chicken Larb Salad
Germany –Pork & Sauerkraut Cabbage Rolls
Greece – Greek Style Grilled Lamb Chops
Italy –Fettuccini Alfredo
Italy – Wild Mushroom Risotto
Korea –Korean Beef Tacos (Bulgogi)
Sweden –Swedish Cucumber Salad
USA – Instant Pot Bourbon BBQ Ribs
Be sure to stop by my Instagram and enter our big fat Loop Giveaway! We’ve got amazing prizes from JK Adams, Emile Henry, Kuhn Rikon, Silpat, Joseph Joseph, Cuisinart, Kerrygold, and Breville to toss out, and I’d LOVE for you to win one!
Hungry for more BBQ recipes?
- Spicy Strawberry BBQ Shredded Chicken
- Best BBQ Pulled Pork
- Bacon-Wrapped Summer BBQ Hot Dogs
- Smoky Barbecue Chicken Pizza
Instant Pot Ribs with Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
- 1 rack baby back ribs
- Kosher salt
- Cracked black pepper
- 1/4 cup BBQ meat rub
- 1 cup beef stock
- 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
- 1/4 cup bourbon
- 1 cup barbecue sauce
- Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs and cut the rack into 4 equal pieces. Season generously with salt, pepper, and/or your favorite rub.
- Place the ribs into pressure cooker. Add beef stock and liquid smoke (if using). Secure the lid and select Manual, cooking on high pressure for 25 minutes. Allow the pressure to naturally release, about 10 minutes, then open the vent at the top and remove the lid. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
- In a bowl, add bourbon and barbecue sauce. Whisk well to combine.
- Transfer cooked ribs to a large baking sheet. Brush bourbon-barbecue sauce all over the baby back ribs on all sides, including the bones. Bake for 6 minutes on each side, or until the sauce caramelizes. Brush remaining sauce on ribs before serving.